Moving in with a significant other is an exciting milestone for any couple, but if it’s a new experience, it can seem a little overwhelming. Before getting caught in the excitement, there are a few steps that can help to make the transition into your new shared space a little easier.
Combining two interior styles into one can be a challenge and may spark some frustration between you and your partner. But, luckily for you, we have some tips on how to avoid the arguments, and create the perfectly styled home of your dreams that features both of your unique tastes.
Sorting through the old
Packing can be a headache, and it might seem like a daunting task, but it’s also a great opportunity to sort through some old items. When packing up two spaces, there’s bound to be duplicate appliances and furnishings, so this is a great time to make a list of the items you don’t need, items you can take with you to the new space, and items you are lacking. Before throwing away any items you don’t want to move to your new place, consider donating, selling, or even refurbishing to make the old, new.
Donating items is an effortless and quick solution to unloading old furnishings you no longer need or want. Try researching local thrift shops or charitable organizations that would accept furniture and electronics to create an affordable option for others looking to cost effectively furnish their homes.
The Salvation Army is another option that comes right to your door to pick up your gently used items, quite literally taking the weight off your shoulders of carrying and bringing said items to a nearby location yourself.
Selling your old items is another option that will put a little extra money in your pocket to purchase new home furnishings. With warm summer months approaching, keep an eye out for local flea markets and antique shows to request becoming a vendor for a small fee, to showcase those older items that may have historical value. Or, just set up a garage sale in your own front lawn to save money on the vending cost.
Refurbishing old furniture is another creative way to give your old pieces new life, while saving some money. All you need to do is take a trip to your local hardware or craft store for some sand paper, paint, and brushes.
Make it a fun creative experience for you and your partner, and spend some time in front of a variety of paint swatches to determine which accent colors you would like to bring into your new space. Having a creative project to focus on is a great way to add some fun within the stressful process of moving, and keep you and your partner focused on the excitement of your new transition.
In with the new, and combining styles
When you’re packed and ready to move into your new shared space, it’s time to reference that packing list one more time, to determine what you both are lacking in terms of furnishings. After settling in and establishing what rooms need what, it’s time to hit the showrooms or online shops and find the perfect pieces that fit both your interior design standards.
Maybe it’s time for some new living room seating, and your partner likes simplicity and clean lines, and you like versatile colored family room furnishings, easily accented with pops of color. Or maybe it’s time for a new bedroom set, but you can’t decide on a color scheme to match your partner’s desire for dark oak pieces and your love of minimalist inspired design. Don’t get frustrated.
Sit down with your partner and talk about ways to combine your styles in a way that compliments each individual taste. A great way to get started is to browse Pinterest or Instagram accounts of your favorite brands and designers. You might come across combinations that you hadn’t thought of and be inspired.
Designing a space should be a fun way to get to know your partner, so don’t get flustered or overwhelmed by indecisiveness. Be open to new styles and communicate openly with your partner, and you just might find new designs you both like to make your new home the perfect reflection and combination of both of your interior tastes!